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    by Susan McGrath

Party On
Date Posted: March 4, 2006

Watching the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics I have to admit I felt like I was missing the party.

There was music and dancing, fireworks and friendship extended. It looked like a place I wanted to be!

As some of the athletes from the United States were interviewed, they remarked how awesome it was to hang out and exchange team paraphernalia with athletes from countries like China and Turkey - countries whose governments don't necessarily have the same views as ours.

Yet here were these athletes, brought together in an ancient ritual of peace, making friends and having a party.

The language barrier was broken down by smiles. Political differences were put on hold. Cultural gaps were bridged by curiosity. Not so different from the original games of ancient Greece, perhaps, when the athlete was celebrated for ability, regardless of his home state.

I think heaven will be a little like that. A big party with God, no fireworks necessary because, well, he's God.

There will be people from every tongue and tribe and nation and we'll all speak the common language of love for our Creator.

We will dance. We will sing praises to our King. We will not be black or white, Iraqi or American, male or female, Democrat or Republican. We will simply be in God's presence, rejoicing!

What an awesome party that will be! The best part - there won't be a closing ceremony. It will just go on and on and on - and we will never get tired, the band will never stop playing and the buffet table will never run out of shrimp.

Watching those athletes made me realize I don't celebrate life enough. I'm going to start having more parties so I can be ready for the eternal one!

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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